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January 10, 2014

Music review: Maggie McClure’s newest CD is packed with emotion

NORMAN — Musician: Maggie McClure

Album name: Time Moves On (2013)

Why you should listen: Oklahoma native and Los Angeles resident Maggie McClure’s sophomore LP drops early next month. All songs are her originals and from the lyrical content you could easily conclude that she leads a life of emotional turmoil and drama. The first three tracks “Reset,” “Liar, Liar” and “Uncertainty” are frankly not all sweetness and light. Another female singer-songwriter of the same generation presently enjoying a very good place in her life recently observed that sad songs are easier to write than happy ones. All indications are that McClure has a busy successful career, abundant professional talent, good looks and is in a loving relationship. Still, compositions such as “Troubled Heart” preponderate in this album. It’s understandable because people relate easily to heartache and the music McClure makes is soothing for many. There’s good reason her songs have been purchased for use on television’s “Dr. Phil,” “The Real World” and “The Young and the Restless.” The title track chronicles one of life’s profound constants. Days pass like turning pages and wheels spin but they don’t take McClure to where she needs to be.

Her soaring and crystalline pure soprano is at its transporting best on “Daydream at Midnight.” It’s an escape song in which she makes being swept away to a magical oasis of tranquility seem wholly possible. Similarly, McClure’s lover and his Chevy truck with Beatles on the radio makes for a satisfying image in evolving relationship song “It’s Alright.” For a pair of numbers McClure cleverly employed LA’s Fall of Ai Chamber Orchestra. Her voice and the mighty strings combine for a near overwhelming aural experience. The strongest song of this collection named for the passing of seconds, minutes and hours is appropriately called “Central Time.” It’s about an Okie girl with red dirt loving heart whose boots are now firmly planted in the Golden State. McClure may have moved on from the 405 but this place in still in her soul.

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